Fortress of Nightmares returns to Fort Adams this month for its thirteenth season in a row with new adventures and attractions.

Fortress of Nightmares is the largest and last of the season fundraiser for the year that benefits the Fort Adams Trust. The haunted attraction features: “Tunnels of Terror, Mayhem in Three-D and Paranormal 360.”

“Tunnels of Terror” are an intricate maze of ghoulish horror built inside the Fort Adams underground tunnel system. The attraction features a number of scare-actors who will jump out of their hiding places and provide guests with a high-startle experience.

“Mayhem Three-D” is another maze, using black lighting and three-D Glasses to provide guests with a unique haunt experience. Scare-actors will be hiding in plain sight, but with the use of makeup and Three-D elements, they won’t be easily spotted until it’s too late. “Paranormal 360,” Fortress of Nightmares newest feature, is a 360-degree video experience with Virtual Reality headsets, synchronized video and live special effects.

Prior or upon conclusion of the event, guests can purchase food and beverage at Blackstone Caterers’ “A Fork in the Road” food truck that will be right outside the main gate. There will also be event-themed merchandise for purchase at the ticket office.

“Each year we create new, fun and scary elements for Fortress of Nightmares as we have done this year with “Paranormal 360,” stated Dave Prata, lead creative director for the event.  “We come up with successful attractions by visiting other haunted Halloween festivals throughout the country and learn about their exhibits. The “Paranormal 360” experience will be the only one of its kind in the area,” he further added.

“Last year’s Fortress of Nightmares was rated the #1 top overall attraction for Halloween by “” which is a testament to the efforts the staff and volunteers put into the event,” offered Rob McCormack, Director of Visitor Experience for the Fort Adams Trust.  “We hope to win the award again this year with the new “Paranormal 360,” McCormack mentioned.

Fortress of Nightmares’ dates are: Fridays and Saturdays October 13th – October 28th from 7-10 P.M. each night. Tickets are $15 per person with participation in “Paranormal 360” an additional $5.  It is recommended that attendees be at least 12 years old and up.  For more information and to purchase tickets on Fortress of Nightmares go to:

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